Packers' sixth round picks

The Green Bay Packers used their two selections in the sixth round of the NFL Draft today on Texas A&M defensive lineman Mike Montgomery and UCLA wide receiver Craig Bragg.<p>

Montgomery, who led Texas A&M in sacks last year with six, was the first defensive lineman selected by the Packers in the draft this weekend. Montgomery is listed as a defensive end but also can play tackle.

"He's gonna mix into the defensive front and compete for a position," said Packers defensive coordinator Jim Bates. "Extremely long arms, 35 7/8 inches. I feel like we got a real good football player late in the draft."

Montgomery (the 180th overall selection) moved into the starting lineup as a senior, recording 78 tackles (25 solos), eight stops behind the line of scrimmage and an interception. In 22 games with the Aggies, he had 121 tackles (47 solos), six sacks for minus-23 yards and 15 stops for losses of 56 yards. He returned an interception 14 yards, deflected two passes and had five quarterback pressures. He also recovered two fumbles and caused another.

Before enrolling at Texas A&M, Montgomery was an all-conference and All-America defensive lineman at Navarro Junior College. He recorded 56 tackles and five sacks in 2002 and posted 75 stops and a sack his freshman campaign.

Bragg enjoyed a record-setting career at UCLA. A big-play performer (12 touchdowns of at least 40 yards during his career), he is the only player in school history to make at least 50 receptions in two different seasons. He is also the only player in UCLA history to lead the team in receptions in four consecutive seasons.

Bragg also served as the Bruins' primary punt and kickoff returner, and ran with the ball out of the backfield at times. He had 151 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries (9.4 avg.) and 207 yards on 22 kickoff returns (18.8 avg.). He returned 87 punts for 961 yards (11.0 avg.) and a pair of scores. His 87 returns were three shy of the school's all-time record of 90, set by Paul Guidry (1993-96) and his 961 yards topped Guidry's old UCLA career-record of 911. Bragg will be competing against Green Bay's second-round pick Terrence Murphy and veteran Antonio Chatman for the fourth wide receiver spot behind Javon Walker, Donald Driver and Robert Ferguson.

"Both of the receivers we took in this draft have the qualities we look for in a receiver, which is being able to catch the ball first, being athletic and able to make cuts," said general manager Ted Thompson. "But their ability to run after the catch is certainly exhibited in their ability to return kicks and/or punts. We think both of those guys will be candidates to do one or maybe both."

Despite missing the San Diego State, Arizona and California games after dislocating his left shoulder in the Washington contest, Bragg still managed to lead the team in receiving for a record fourth consecutive year as a senior. He caught 36 passes for 483 yards (13.4 avg.) and four touchdowns and returned 19 punts for 285 yards (15.0 avg.), including a score. In 46 games, Craig started 33 times. He finished his Bruins career with 193 receptions for 2,845 yards (14.7 avg.) and 19 touchdowns, topping the old school career-record of 179 catches by Kevin Jordan (1992-95). Only Danny Farmer (3,020, 1996-99) gained more yards receiving in school history.

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